Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review

Once again, we adjust the general controls and perform a grayscale calibration. As is normal, we do not do a full individual color CMS calibration. We leave that for your calibrator. If you aren’t into calibrating your VPL-VW95ES - either yourself (hobbyist), or hiring, then we strongly recommend you try plugging in our settings, and seeing if you like them better than the defaults.

The initial red caste to black (mentioned elsewhere) was always below our ability to measure. That said, over the 120+ hours we put on the projector, it seems to be almost completely gone. This may have been a characteristic of this particular lamp.

Sony VPL-VW95ES Color Temperature

VPL-VW1000ES Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom)
Dynamic 859 @ 10495, 954 lumens @ 8508 with Color Temp on Custom 5
Standard 804 @ 8824
Cinema 1 718 @ 6908
Cinema 2 646 @ 5719
Cinema 3 722 @ 6917
Game 721 @ 6923
Photo 523 @ 5663
User 1 723 @ 6923
User 2 715 @ 6921

Out of the Box Measurements.

Color Temp over IRE Range (Best Mode, Pre calibration): Cinema 3
30 IRE 7453
50 IRE 7275
80 IRE 7121
100 IRE 6917

The Sony starts out just a bit cool, but that is easily corrected.

Sony VPL-VW95ES Basic Settings

 Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):
Dynamic Standard Cinema 1 Cinema 2 Cinema 3
Contrast  (Max) 89 89 89 91 -91
Brightness (50)  53  53  53  -50  51
Color -55 -55 -50 -50 -50
Tint (50) -50 -50 -50 -50 -50
Color Temp (High) (Middle) (Low 1) (Low 2) (Low 1)
Color Space (Wide 3) (Normal) (Wide 1) (Wide 2) (Normal)
Gamma -7 -6 -8 -5 (Off)
Iris (Auto 1) (Auto 1) (Auto1) (Off) (Off)

In addition to calibrating Red, Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment.

Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):

All other settings at default.

“Best” mode (User 2), with “Brightest mode in User 1
Game Photo User 1 User 2
Contrast  -90 -90 89 -90
Brightness (50) -50  51  53 -50
Color -55 -55 -50 47
Tint -50 -50 -50 -50
Color Temp (Low 1) (Low 2) (Low 1) (Low 1)
Color Space (Normal) (Normal) (Wide 1) (Normal)
Gamma -3 -10 -3 (Off)
Iris (Auto 1) (Manual=50) (Auto 1) (Off)

Sony VPL-VW95ES Post Calibration Grayscale: User 2 (based on Cinema 3) "Best"

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration)
20 IRE = 6490
30 IRE = 6557
40 IRE = 6554
50 IRE = 6550
60 IRE = 6510
70 IRE = 6489
80 IRE = 6460
90 IRE = 6422
100 IRE = 6602
 Average gamma = 2.22

Best Mode Brightness: Lumens at 100 IRE:           725 @ 6552K 

Brightest Mode Brightness: Lumens at 100 IRE:   877 @ 7830K      

RGB Settings

HC5020 Post Calibration settings
Rec. 709 (Memory 1) Quick Cal of Dynamic (Memory 2)
Offset R 7 R 30
G 0 G -10
B 7 B -15
Gain R 3 R 0
G 0 G 0
B -2 B 0

Calibration settings for User 2:
Color Temp on Custom 3, Iris off, Gamma off, Color Space on Normal, Color on 47, all other settings on default or as previously stated.

Mike’s “Quick Cal” based on Dynamic, using Custom 5 color temp looks really good despite being a good bit cool. It really did add an extra boost in brightness I enjoyed for sports, without having anything offensive in the “Brightest Mode”. In this case, it really didn’t cost any lumens, although there are a few combinations that could be brighter still.

Mike’s NOTES:  Quite a bit brighter than the VW90.  Excellent grayscale and gamma (without using custom gamma) results.  As usual, Sony provides a range of color spaces that make using a CMS unnecessary.  If you look at the CIE charts, Normal color space is very close to the Rec. 709 standard.  Wide 1, 2 and 3 expand the gamut to varying degrees, with Wide 3 being the largest gamut.

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